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August 21, 2015
Excerpted from Kate Ganz's acceptance speech upon receiving the 2013 Spirit of Helen Keller Award. When I thought about what I wanted to talk about this evening I kept remembering one day, one afternoon, one visit that I made to an impoverished village in Niger, and what happened to me that...
August 19, 2015
The Harvest Basket: In the Sahel in West Africa – a semi-arid region just south of the Sahara desert — the rain falls in a short intense monsoon season from June to September. The main staple crops, such as pearl millet, are grown during this season, and the harvest has to provide for families for...
August 17, 2015
In 1994, the ChildSight® Program was launched in Washington Heights, NY. The model of the program included core components such as visual acuity screening, vision assessment with licensed optometrist, and the provision of eyeglasses. These key services of the program have not altered. However, a...
August 14, 2015
“Since I started planting vegetables in May 2014 in our yard, I haven’t spent money anymore to buy green vegetables. Instead, I earn at least IDR 100,000 (approximately USD $8) each month from the sale of those vegetables. And that amount hasn’t even included the money from the sales of chickens!”...
August 13, 2015
It was on an HKI Board trip to Sierra Leone in February 2014 that our group visited a small rural village en route to another location. We stopped at a health clinic to meet with members of the staff, some patients, and residents of the surrounding area served by the clinic. After introducing...
August 13, 2015
On my first trip to the field as a new Board member in 2008, we went to Singida, Tanzania, a full-day’s drive into the center of the country from Dar es Salaam, mostly down rutted dirt roads. The hotel’s mosquito bed nets had big holes in them, the shower emitted a trickle, but we were there to see...
August 13, 2015
“Life is an exciting business and most exciting when lived for other people.” - Helen Keller I’ve been working at Helen Keller International in the Operations department at headquarters since 2010, where my main responsibility has been making sure the office runs like a well-oiled machine on a day...
August 11, 2015
When the 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, late morning on a Saturday, many of us were unprepared for what would follow. The last big earthquake at this scale was almost 80 years ago. In what seemed like the ground was moving constantly, we experienced more than 113 earthquakes above 4.0...
August 10, 2015
I remember the four hour interview I had to go through to get my position in the Finance and Admin office, but I must say it was truly worth every second. Working for HKI in the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa regional office has been an escalation of both personal growth and work experience...
August 10, 2015
Soon after I graduated from the University of Nairobi with a degree in Ophthalmology , I worked in an eye hospital where I would see up to 100 patients a day and perform 100 surgeries a week. When I moved to Ethiopia, I worked for the government in Addis Ababa in challenging situations where there...

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